Denialism, as defined by our favourite free encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, is the psychological act of denying reality; a method of avoiding an uncomfortable truth. But denialism also means believing that Climate Change is not man-made, that evolution never happened, and that the Human Immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) does not cause AIDS.
Although “conspiracy theories” that propagate that the Earth is Flat and evolution is not real, denial of climate change and the boon of vaccination can have far reaching implications for not just humanity but also the planet.
Denial is deeply rooted in the human psyche, and denialism only stems from this innate feature. Quite naturally then, denialism has been around for longer than we think, and the advent of technology and temptations of social media has increasingly led people to cast a shadow of doubt on what they have believed for generations. The existence of denialism has made people question facts they’ve taken for granted all their lives. Every time someone Googles “Flat Earth Theory”, denialists emerge victorious.
Is denialism a war on progress? Are denialists looking for some kind of validation? Is this a quest for the search for the real truth? These are only a few questions scientists are asking themselves and their peers, while also trying to effectively communicate the things they learn every day in order to be able to refute the arguments of the denialists in a sane manner.
Through our new theme, “Approaching The Disbelievers”, we aim to explore the origins of denialism, its implications and how we can engage in an understanding conversation with the proponents of the aforementioned theories.
Stay tuned for interviews, reflections and opinions!
For The Crastina Crew
Ushashi Basu, Junior Editor